Sunday 15 September 2019


GenresPunk / Hardcore / Post-Hardcore / Post-Metal / Black Metal / Doom / Sludge / Ambient
Related artists?.
CountryLeipzig GERMANY
Years Active2019-present
Song: "II"
Album: "Panoptic"
Year: 2019
For fans ofIsis, Monuments Collapse, AmenRa, Love/Lust, Cult Of Luna, Rosetta, Buried Inside, Hope Drone, Titan, Noise Trail Immersion, Light Bearer and Ikaray.
Label(s): Self Released / Bharal Tapes
This post's artist is from the August+September 2019 Mix. This is track #9.
You can download: the August+September 2019 Mix#8+9 right here or get the new October 2019 Mix#10 here

On the last night of the Crowning/Swallows Nest 2019 European tour we played at AK44 Gießen with semi-local German band R. JOSEF. They kicked my fucking ass. We saw...what, maybe 35 bands on tour (minus all the CMAR fest bands) and R. JOSEF was undoubtedly in the top three along with Cassus and Niboowin. Their doomy, post-hardcore/post-metal mixed with atmospheric black metal is a wonder to behold live, and thank science the music translates wonderfully to the cassettes that I picked up. The music flows between serene moments and behemoth chugs, not unlike Isis, AmenRa and Hope Drone.

The tracks on the debut EP 'Panoptic' are simply titled "I", "II", "III" and "IV". All four are punishing save "III", which acts as a short, dreamy, guitar-driven interlude before the closer. There is a lot of chorded bass (which I'm a huge sucker for) and even some trade-off vocals between the singer and one of the guitarists. "I" builds for nearly two minutes before cursing the listener with devastatingly deep bass riffs. "II" goes supernova come seven minutes with a gargantuan riff that is so massive it nearly knocked my off my feet live. Finale "IV" is kind of short by the band's standards, but at 4:45 there are also little-to-no slowdowns or atmospheric bits, making it a dense ball of fire that gets pretty dangerous around 1:37. Oooo weee what a debut.

Jeez, whatever they put out next I'm gonna be all the fuck over. Ooooo also I spoke with the band and it sounds like there is a 12" vinyl version coming, but don't quote me.



2019 - Panoptic cassetteEP (stream/donate/download here) [buy from ZBR distro U.S.A or Canada/Int'l]


(2019) R. JOSEF - "II" (from 'Panoptic')

(2019) R. JOSEF - "I" (from 'Panoptic')

(2019) R. JOSEF - "IV" live @AK44

(2019) R. JOSEF - "II" live @AK44


R. JOSEF additional links

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